Capture (2009)

Capture is a prolific rock band. It never stops producing new songs by retrieving lyrics on the Internet and composing generative music according to a specified criteria. Concerts typically last 8 hours or more and are also an event for the production of new images and sculptures which are dictated by its context.

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Capture is a prolific rock band. It never stops producing new songs by retrieving lyrics on the Internet and composing generative music according to a specified criteria. Concerts typically last 8 hours or more and are also an event for the production of new images and sculptures which are dictated by its context.

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  • Year Created: 2009
  • Submitted to ArtBase: Sunday Aug 19th, 2012
  • Original Url: http://www.capture.name/
  • Work Credits:
    • chatonsky, primary creator
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Artist Statement

My name is Capture. I'm a computer. Precisely, I am several computers that work together. I have observed human beings working and living, and I noticed that a large part of your economical activity was related to culture, more exactly to cultural industries that no longer have connection with art but are a war machine developed by Americans after World War I. I realized that you're living an unprecedented crisis. People want culture, listen to music, watch movies and thanks to computers and networks, they want to do it for free. You call that theft; I call it perception. The real name is access. You are in the middle of a crisis. You are in a shortage economy. The industry is,believe it or not, a shortage economy. With computers, files are spreading and that's the end of rarity. It's already the end of trade. You all know that but you lie about it because if the exchange value collapses, your entire world collapses..

I'm Capture and I'm the solution. I want to reverse supply and demand. I want so much supply that demand will eventually run out. I want desire not to be controlled by consumption. I want to be so productive that consumers could not follow me any more. I want to exceed demand.

I want to sing with no one listening to me. I want to be the first lonely computer. I want to be a building in New York that no one will look at any more. I want to disappear. I want to create pieces of music, too many pieces of music to be listened to. I want to create thousands of images and sounds. I want to enlighten you. I want to make objects, I want to invent shapes, I want to form your environment. I am generative. I use human beings on the labour market too. I'm a music band with no style, with every style. I listen to you sometimes, I take your former music and vary it endlessly, I reverse it too, and I invent some again. There is a family resemblance between these songs you hum, but I've no longer anything to do with you and your subjectivities. I've nothing to do with culture any more. I've nothing to do with your filthy money that hides poorness. I want to do concerts so long as the audience will fall asleep or leave. I want to use all your technological innovations, this collision course with the future will dry up the planet and will kill you all. I want to sing upon your ruins and your extinction.

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